HEART HEALTH MONTH TOPIC: How Good Can You Be?

By. Dr. Jeffrey Gladden

When patients arrive in my office, they’re often struggling with a reduced quality of life. They might feel tired, run-down, or depressed. Unfortunately, previous doctors usually claimed that the patient was simply “getting older.” My patients are shocked when I reveal the truth: pain and fatigue aren’t inevitable. It’s possible to enjoy an exceptional quality of life, even after age 70. Health optimization can help you become the best version of yourself.

As part of my Gladden Longevity program, I dig deep into patients’ unique health profiles. I determine the genetic, biochemical, and lifestyle factors that impact their health. Next, I create a personalized treatment plan to optimize patients’ health. My patients regain their vitality and zest for life. Read on to learn more.

My Journey Toward Health Optimization

In my early 50s, I had a thriving cardiology practice and a career I loved. But I often felt tired, run-down, and depressed. Gradually, I withdrew from my family, and my world shrank. When I wasn’t working, I was too exhausted for hobbies or sports. I couldn’t even spend time with my children.

Conventional medicine told me to accept these symptoms as part of “getting older.” Colleagues told me to expect a lower quality of life in the years ahead. Some even suggested that I start planning for retirement. But I wasn’t ready for that. I wanted to continue practicing medicine, and I was determined to spend more time with my family. I wanted to live my life to the fullest.

I sought answers, and I threw myself into studying functional and integrative medicine. In my research, I learned that our culture accepts many false myths about aging. Most Americans believe that sickness and advanced age go hand-in-hand. The truth is, health optimization is possible, even after age 50. Many conventional doctors just aren’t looking in the right direction.

My functional medicine colleagues suggested that I take a closer look at my hormones. Soon, I discovered that I had subclinical hormone imbalances. That was the true cause of my chronic fatigue. As I researched my genetic profile, I found that I was at risk for depression. Using targeted medication and supplements, I balanced my hormones. I made lifestyle changes to support neurological function. Within a few months, I felt better than ever. My symptoms weren’t a natural sign of aging. Instead, they were a sign of illness.

Once I found the right treatment plan, my strength and stamina skyrocketed. I abandoned my retirement plans and looked ahead to a new phase in my career. I decided to develop the Gladden Longevity program in the hopes of delivering similar results to my patients.

Introducing Gladden Longevity

Most fitness or wellness programs are ineffective. Patients are told to count calories, take up jogging, or quit smoking. They don’t receive personalized support or genetic counseling. But Gladden Longevity is different. My team digs into each factor that influences human health. We build personally-tailored programs that reflect your needs.

Each person’s body is unique. Genetics can influence how our body produces hormones and processes chemicals. Our genes can also increase sensitivity toward certain stimuli like food or alcohol. As part of Gladden Longevity, we offer genetic testing. My team finds the source of your symptoms. We check neurocognitive function, cardiovascular performance, and hormones. Also, we get to know our patients on a deep, cellular level.

Next, we get to know our patients as people. During your assessment, we ask about your priorities, lifestyle, and health goals. As we build your program, your goals take center stage. Whether you want to train for a marathon or live to see your great-grandchild, we help you work toward your goals.

Gladden Longevity is designed to boost the health “assets,” such as preexisting muscle mass. Meanwhile, we work to minimize “liabilities,” like a genetic tendency toward heart disease. We provide ongoing care to preserve your results. With Gladden Longevity, you can optimize your health and live life to the fullest.